What is the best lovey for a baby?#
Look for a lovey that is:
Soft: You’ll want it to be comfortable for your little one in case they roll on it during sleep.
Free of loose parts and choking hazards: No button eyes or removable parts.
An appropriate size: Think big enough to snuggle, but small enough to pick up and hold on their own.
Easy to duplicate or replace: Consider purchasing a duplicate (or several) that you can rotate.
If you’re looking for a lovey for your baby, here are some options that I love:
If your baby or toddler has developed an attachment to a comfort object already, there’s no need to make a switch (as long as it’s safe)! And remember, a lovey or comfort object should only go in the crib when a baby is 12 months or older.
How can I introduce a lovey?#
If you’d like to introduce a lovey to your baby before they turn one year old, just remember that it should only be given to them outside of the crib while they’re awake. After 12 months, a lovey or security blanket can join your baby for sleep in the crib.
1. Prepare to introduce the lovey.#
Choose your lovey carefully thinking about safety and that this lovey will likely become a part of your child’s life for years to come. Consider sleeping with the lovey yourself or tucking it into your shirt for a bit so that it smells familiar when you introduce it to your child.
2. Include the lovey in your everyday life. #
Incorporate the lovey in your nursing or bottle feeding sessions; you can rub it on your baby’s cheeks or along their fingers. Include the lovey in playtime- like serving the lovey some tea at a tea party. Involve the lovey or security blanket in snuggles with you and your little one. Tuck the lovey next to your child in the stroller as you walk to the park.
3. Make the lovey part of your nap and bedtime routines.#
Encourage your little one to hold the lovey during snuggles and bedtime books. If your lovey is a stuffed animal, kiss it goodnight and give your toddler a chance to do the same.
Cover their lovey in kisses and remind them that if they’re missing you in the night, all they need to do is rub their lovey or blankie on their cheek and all your kisses are there! This is helpful for bonding with a lovey and combating separation anxiety. (Remember, the lovey can only go into the crib with your little one if they’re 12 months or older.)
4. Be patient.#
Your little one may not seem interested in a lovey at first. Developing an emotional connection to a baby lovey or comfort object can take time. Keep offering opportunities to interact or snuggle with the lovey, and just know that whether your child chooses to bond with a lovey is up to them.
Please know, a lovey is certainly not a requirement to have a good sleeper. If your baby or toddler is struggling with sleep, my classes can help! I’ll teach you a holistic and customizable step-by-step plan to help your little one get the sleep they need and for your family to thrive whether you have a baby (between 5 and 24 months) or a toddler (between 2 and 4 years).
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